Motorcycle (A1, A2 and A)

The deadline for exchanging your foreign driving licence for light motorcycle (A1), medium-sized motorcycle (A2) or heavy motorcycle (A) is one year from the date your took up permanent residence or moved back to Norway.

To exchange your foreign driving licence, you have to pass the practical riding test in the category in question. You will have two attempts to pass the test. If you fail twice, or you do not make the exchange within the deadline, you lose your right to exchange your driving licence. You will then have to obtain a new driving licence in Norway.

Passenger car (B and BE)

The deadline for exchanging your foreign driving licence for passenger car is one year from the date you took up permanent residence or moved back to Norway. If you want to exchange your driving licence for passenger car (B) or passenger car with trailer (BE), you have to pass the practical driving test within the one-year deadline.

If you fail your first attempt, you have to complete compulsory night driving instruction, first aid and a safety and skidpan driving course, in addition to passing the theory test and the practical driving test. This is also the case if you apply after the one-year deadline, or if you submit your application for exchange so late that it is not possible to make the exchange before the one-year deadline. In this case, the deadline for making the exchange will be two years from the date you took up permanent residence or moved back to Norway. After this deadline, you lose the right to exchange your driving licence, and you will then have to obtain a new driving licence as a first-time licence applicant in Norway.

Heavy vehicle categories (C1, C1E, C, CE, D1, D1E, D and DE)

The deadline for exchanging your foreign driving licence for heavy vehicle categories is one year from the date you took up permanent residence or moved back to Norway.

To exchange your driving licence for heavy vehicle categories, you first have to pass the practical driving test for passenger car (B) or passenger car with trailer (BE). You then have to pass the practical driving test in the heavy vehicle category:

  • Light lorry (C1 and C1E)
  • Lorry (C and CE)
  • Minibus (D1and D1E)
  • Bus (D and DE)

You have two attempt to pass the practical driving test in the heavy vehicle category. You will have to pass the test within the one-year deadline. After this date, you lose the right to exchange your driving licence, and you will have to obtain a new driving licence in Norway.

Moped, snowmobile and tractor (AM, S and T)

You may not exchange your driving licence for moped (AM), snowmobile (S) and tractor (T). You have to obtain your driving licence in these categories in same manner as Norwegian first-time appliers.